• State Planning For Exit 11 Interchange Improvement Project; Info Session Scheduled

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public information session on its  plans to make roadway improvements at and near the Exit 11 interchange of Interstate 84 to alleviate  traffic congestion and thus reduce the motor vehicle accident rate in that area.

  • Fire Reports, April 16 - 21, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:


    Thursday, April 16: 8:39 am, investigation, 72 Forest Drive, Sandy Hook responded; 10:51 am, alarm, 9 Boulder Creek Road, Dodgingtown responded; 4:48 pm, brush fire, near 27 Brushy Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 4:51 pm, brush fire, near 27 Plumtrees Road, Dodgingtown and Hawleyville responded.

  • School Board To State: Support School-Based Health Centers

    The Board of Education will be sending a letter to state officials in support of funding school-based health care centers, like the one recently opened at Newtown Middle School, in the state’s proposed budget.

    As Chair Keith Alexander explained during his board’s Tuesday, April 21, meeting, the letter was drafted by school board Secretary Kathy Hamilton.

  • Police Reports, April 12 - 20, 2015

    Multiple Charges

    Police said they received a complaint from a person on Sugar Street concerning erratic driving, so they investigated and located the vehicle in question at about 10 am on April 16.

  • McGraw Defends Decision To Headline 'Concert For Sandy Hook Promise'; 11 Families Issue Statement

    HARTFORD — Tim McGraw is defending his decision to headline a Connecticut concert to benefit a Sandy Hook group, responding to critics who call it a gun control fundraiser.

  • Police Investigate Threat Of Violence Against NHS

    Police said Monday, April 20, they are continuing their criminal investigation into a reported threat of violence against Newtown High School, interviewing multiple suspects and multiple witnesses in seeking to learn more. The particular nature of that threat was unclear.

    Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde said, “We are actively pursuing all leads, and several officers are part of this investigation.”

  • Police Reports, March 27-April 13, 2015

    Road Rage

    Police report a road rage incident involving two male drivers which concluded early on the morning of April 12 on Great Quarter Road, near the Monroe town line.

    Police said the incident involved Richard Desrochers, Jr, 50, of 50 Great Quarter Road, and motorist Matthew Shannon, 19, of 10 Woodbine Lane. The men were strangers to one another, police said.

  • Commission On Aging Chair Says Meeting, Agenda Likely Violated FOI Laws

    The agenda for an unusual Saturday special meeting of the town’s Commission on Aging (COA) appeared to lack necessary details to conform to state Freedom of Information laws, and discussions during the meeting may have led at least one of the commissioners to threaten to resign.

    Commission Chair Curt Symes said he is researching whether an amended agenda could be filed after the fact, while acknowledging that much of the subject matter discussed in the April 11 closed session would be coming up in the next public meeting of the panel.

  • Trail Extension Begins At Fairfield Hills

    John Spremullo with LRM Construction stepped down from a dump truck cab Tuesday, April 14, and watched as Ryan Clark worked a backhoe to create a 10-foot-wide path along Mile Hill South at the corner of Keating Farms Road.

    Tuesday morning was the second day of trail extension work at Fairfield Hills. The work will provide a paved, ADA-accessible surface extending the campus trails by 4,200 feet, or slightly less than one mile.

  • WSA Members Updated On Hawleyville Sewering Project

    The town’s consulting engineer has updated Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members on the ongoing planning for the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension, which is intended to foster economic development in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

    Engineer Kurt Mailman of Fuss & O’Neill, Inc, on April 9 briefed WSA members on the planning, explaining the status of various aspects of the project.